The Nigeria Police Force has begun investigations into the release of billionaire kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamdike, aka Evans, who was arrested in 2006 for armed robbery in Lagos state but was later freed.
This follows a revelation by a senior police officer that Evans was nabbed in 2006 after his gang of robbers attacked a commercial bank in Lagos and went somewhere around the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, to share the loot.
Speaking anonymously for security reasons, the police source said that in the course of sharing the loot, there was a misunderstanding among the robbers which degenerated into a fight and they began to shoot one another.
Seven of them died on the spot while three of the suspects, including Evan who was seriously injured, were arrested.
The case was transferred to the Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad and on investigation, it was discovered that they were armed robbers and Evans was the leader of the team.
Speaking further, the police officer said his team also went to Mbidi Police Station, Imo State, to carry out an investigation on them and in the process, arrested two other members of the gang, making it a total of five of them in police custody.
He, however, said a policewoman identified as Tina at the Band Section of Police College, Lagos pushed for Evans’ release on the grounds that he was her brother.
“There was a policewoman at the Band Section of the Police College, Lagos. She was known as Tina, a Superintendent of Police. She insisted that we should drop the case and that Onuamadike (Evans) was her brother.
“But when she was unable to achieve her aim, she travelled to Imo State. Not long after, we got a message from the Imo State Police Command that they had been searching for Evans and asked us to transfer the case to them so they could continue from where we stopped.
“Since that time, we did not hear anything. We heard he was later released there,” the source said.
Evans has also reportedly confessed to the 2006 armed robbery attack on a bank and the shooting of seven persons, all members of his gans.
“Following his confession, the police authorities want to know how Evans was freed from the armed robbery offence, the police want to know who the policewoman Tina is and whether she played a vital role in the release of Evans. We want to know whether other officers were also involved or if the court freed Evans.
“I assure you that if Evans was released without due process, those police officers, whether they are still in the force or not would be fished out and made to face the law. We will get to the root of the matter. Heads will roll if policemen were responsible for shielding an armed robbery case,” the source said.